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House passes sanctions against Beijing as draconian new law is enforced in Hong Kong

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed sanctions against Mainland China as the government in Beijing begins to enforce an oppressive new law imposed against dissenters in Hong Kong. Having passed unanimously in the House, the measure — which penalizes banks that do business with Mainland China officials — will need to go to the U.S. Senate for approval, and if it approved by the Senate, will go to President Donald Trump’s desk.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to the BBC, declared, “The law is a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised.”

Mainland China’s draconian law calls for long prison sentences for Hong Kong residents who openly criticize the government in Beijing. Hong Kong was under British rule until 1997.

In response to the law, the governments of the U.K., Taiwan and others are offering asylum to Hong Kong residents. Chiu Chui-Cheng, deputy head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, has denounced the law as “the most outrageous in history.” And Australia’s federal government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has said that it is seriously considering offering asylum to Hong Kong residents.

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